June 5, 2011 Subject:
Mighty High Music... Mighty Good Recording !!!
This show was held in a beautiful setting, at the base of a small ski slope in upstate New York, and the "Mighty High" festival was a great way to end the tour. DSO seemed anything but tired, delivering the goods from start to finish. So many smiling faces, few rowdy drunks, and the staff was really cool. I was ready for a 70's show, and this 1976 re-creation fit the bill. Highlights are hard to pinpoint, but in the first set I enjoyed the manic, but focused "Cassidy", Jeff's heartfelt lyrics in "Ship of Fools", and the closing "Might As Well" was a crowd-pleaser. The second set was full of playful jams, and was fairly seemless. "Let It Grow" clocked in at over 15 minutes, and included a brief drum solo in the middle that was super tight. Rob Eaton appeared like a man possessed on this number, and kept grinning at Jeff as they traded licks. "Wharf Rat" was also a treat. The "Help>Slip>Franklin's" was just sick... major contributions from all band members, and led to a powerful climax. "Cats" was a cool way to send the crowd on it's way home.
Also of major note is the quality of this audience recording, which I feel is one of the best I have ever heard ! I only witnessed one mic setup, with a little black umbrella on top of the pole, so I assume this was Peter's. Great job, Peter, at capturing the sound perfectly !!!
May 25, 2011 Subject:
Downloaded this show last night and spun a few tracks, but today I got a better sense how this was. The power of Uncle Jerry rang true on Franklin's Tower. Stressed from my life and the days latest chaos this song relaxed me and wife. We have been having hardship after trial that are seeemingly unending. My wife goes in for a biopsy next week to see if she has brest cancer. Music is my escape my love and this show helped me out so much Life still sucks but I am a bit less stressed.
Sound quality is supreme the mix is great nothing is lost. I am partial to mid to late 70's dead shows and the DSO does its usual steller job of providing a glimpse into the past. A band that is still a influence on my life and my emotions just as it was when I was 16.
A must listen. Hell its from the Mighty High Festie. Sit back and enjoy the sonic ride. But hold on its a wild one. :)